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Challenging MND calls on UK schools to sign up for ‘The Big Sponsored Silence’

Charity initiative to raise money for people living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).  

Monday 21 June is Global Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day. To mark the day and highlight that 80% of people living with MND lose the ability to speak, Challenging MND is asking UK schools to sign up for ‘The Big Sponsored Silence’. 

Challenging MND is hoping that primary and secondary schools across the nation will take up the opportunity to support Global Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day and take part. The silence will last for the duration of the morning break time. All money raised will go towards helping people living with MND fulfil dreams and create lasting memories with loved ones. 

Motor Neurone Disease is a rapidly progressing neurological disease that affects the brain and the spinal cord. Around 5,000 adults are living with the disease in the UK. Challenging MND is a charity which was founded by Alex Gibson following his own diagnosis in 2018.

Alex said: 

“Motor Neurone Disease is a cruel condition that robs around 4 out of 5 people of the ability to speak. The Big Sponsored Silence highlights this and we hope helps a whole new generation of young people better understand and further the cause to find a cure. For the here and now, the money raised will help people living with Motor Neurone Disease create memories and achieve their dreams. We want to make sure our deafening silence is heard loud and clear across the country!”

Interested schools should visit before Friday 18th June to sign up. 

Alex, 43, has always had a huge interest in sport and fitness, representing Great Britain in the decathlon and playing rugby for Barking; Brentwood; and Loughborough University.  Since his diagnosis he has raised over £220,000 for charity by completing cycling and walking challenges.

If you would like to find out more about getting involved with Challenging MND visit or join the CMND community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If you would like to donate to Challenging MND, please go to Any money raised will help those living with Motor Neurone Disease complete challenges and fulfil dreams to create lasting memories.